Development and Alumni Relations staff directory
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Development staff directory
Vice President’s Office
Jay E. Davenport, CFRE
Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
Phone: (804) 828-2343
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Jay Davenport began his position as vice president for Development and Alumni Relations in September 2017. Before joining VCU, Davenport served as associate vice president of individual giving and campaign management at Wake Forest University.
As VCU’s chief development officer, Davenport leads development and alumni engagement efforts for both the university and VCU Health. Areas under his purview include advancement services, alumni relations, annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, development and alumni communications, donor relations, regional philanthropy and the universitywide development staff.
Davenport has served in several roles at Wake Forest since 2010, including as assistant vice president of college development, assistant vice president of major gifts and associate vice president and campaign director. Previously, Davenport was director of development and team leader at Rice University and held fundraising positions as a college development director at the University of Memphis College of Business and Wright State University College of Engineering. He began his higher education career as an assistant dean of admissions at Wittenberg University in 1995.
Davenport holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Xavier University and a master's degree in higher education administration from Ball State University.
Shannon Gravitt (B.S.’99/H&S)
Special Assistant to the Vice President
Phone: (804) 827-0536
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Shannon Gravitt previously worked at McGuireWoods, where she supported the executive director and chief officers of the firm. Gravitt has almost 20 years of experience supporting senior executives in organizations as diverse as Bank of America, HDL, Circuit City and the University of Richmond. She brings a proactive and flexible approach to managing multiple duties within the workplace. Gravitt graduated from VCU with a bachelor's in criminal justice.
Thomas Maness, M.P.A.
Associate Vice President for Development - Health Sciences/MCV Campus
Phone: (804) 827-4936
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Tom Maness originally came to VCU in 2018 as associate dean and chief development officer for the School of Medicine. He was appointed to his current role in January 2019 and has responsibility for philanthropic support across the health sciences campus including the colleges and schools of Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. This also includes the Massey Cancer Center as well as the hospitals, clinics and programs of VCU Health.
He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of philanthropy mostly at academic medical centers. Prior to his time at VCU, he served as AVP for annual, major and planned giving at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he had responsibility for all individual giving programs. He also has extensive experience in enhancing and expanding grateful patient and family programs through partnership with physicians, researchers and other health care providers.
Prior to joining Children’s National, he served in the joint development office of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan. He served in various roles including major gifts officer, associate director of major gifts and manager of major gifts. His management duties included building and leading teams of gift officers in major and mid-level giving as well as overseeing numerous donor affinity groups. During this time, Tom participated in three comprehensive campaigns of $1 billion or more.
He holds a master’s of public administration in public policy and nonprofit management from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Associate Vice President for Development - Monroe Park Campus
Phone: (804) 828-4205
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Michael Morelius comes from St. Edward’s University, where he oversaw the closing of $40 million in new gifts. He managed all major gift and planned giving officers responsible for portfolios of donors with minimum $25,000 gift capacity as well as the corporate and foundation relations office and annual giving program. His role at VCU is to help increase the fundraising efforts of the Monroe Park Campus schools and colleges, VCU Athletics and the Institute for Contemporary Art.
From August 2011 to October 2015, Morelius was director of development for the College of Science for the Texas A&M Foundation. As team lead, he facilitated raising $62 million. He managed a portfolio of 170 households capable of making commitments of $100,000 or more and maintained an average of 21 donor and qualification visits per month.
Morelius was director of development at Rice University from October 2006 to July 2011. He began his fundraising career as a student caller at Texas A&M. Over the course of his career, he has directly helped to raise more than $115 million.
He is a graduate of Texas A&M, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1999. He and his wife, Kristen, have two children, Kristopher and Brynne Leigh.
Alex McDougall (B.S.’13/H&S)
Capital Campaign Manager
Phone: (804) 828-0933
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Magnus H. Johnsson (M.P.A.’10/GPA; Cert.’10/H&S)
Senior Associate Vice President for Development
Phone: (804) 827-1363
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Magnus Johnsson joined VCU in 2007 as executive director of external relations and development for the School of Education before taking on his current role in February 2015.
Johnsson brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience and has served volunteer leadership roles as past president of the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Virginia Chapter. His work experience includes senior leadership roles at UMFS and the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. Johnsson received his Certified Fund Raising Executive credentials in 2004 and is a member of the 2015 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond.
He earned a M.P.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. in public administration from James Madison University.
As senior associate vice president for development, Johnsson oversees the areas of principal giving, regional giving and corporate and foundation relations.
Devin J. Wilson
Senior Development Specialist
Phone: (804) 828-3173
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Devin Wilson joined VCU in April 2016 as project coordinator for principal giving. She previously worked for four years at the University of Richmond as administrative coordinator in the major gifts office. She holds a bachelor's of web development (2012) with a concentration in computer science from ECPI University and earned a certificate in information systems (2016) from the University of Richmond.
Corporate and Foundation Relations
Director of Foundation Relations
Phone: (804) 827-4454
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James T. Parrish Jr. has a range of development and administrative experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector. Parrish began his development career in 1990 at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working with senior class and reunion giving, before moving into corporate and foundation relations. He came to VCU in 1997 to establish VCU’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (1997-2000), worked in the nonprofit sector (2000-2004) at the Valentine and ART 180 and then returned to VCU to serve as director of development of the VCU School of Nursing (2004-2013). In 2013, he returned to corporate and foundation relations and currently serves as director of foundation relations.
In addition to being a performer and filmmaker, Parrish has been a leader in Richmond’s arts community, co-founding both the James River Film Society and Bijou Film Center, and he has taught VCU undergraduate classes in filmmaking and film history for the School of the Arts Department of Photography and Film and the School of World Studies. In recognition for his commitment to the Richmond arts community and independent film, Parrish was selected as a Professional Development Fellow for the 57th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2011, honored as one of Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2006 and awarded the Theresa Pollak Prize for Photography/Film in 2005. Parrish earned a B.A. in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.
Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Principal Giving
Phone: (804) 828-1230
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Ariana Bracalante has been with VCU since 1987 and a part of Development and Alumni Relations team since 1998.
She has worked in corporate and foundation relations for nearly 20 years, focusing on grant development and management, identifying potential funding matches for university priorities and building relationships with corporate and foundation partners. Her greatest joy is working with faculty and colleagues to develop and craft successful corporate and foundation proposals. She hails from the College of William and Mary but calls VCU her home team.
Sandy Turnage, Ed.D.
Director of Corporate Relations
Phone: (804) 827-2007
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Chad Krouse, Ed.D. (Ed.D.’18/E)
Assistant Vice President for University Development
Phone: (804) 828-2346
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Senior University Development Officer
Phone: (804) 828-3214
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Before joining VCU's University Development team, Joycelyn Mahone was assistant director of leadership annual giving at the University of South Florida. Mahone earned a B.A. in legal studies from the University of Central Florida and a master's in organizational leadership from Brenau University.
Nick Georges (M.Ed.’14/E)
University Development Officer - Northeast Region
Phone: (804) 828-4252
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Before joining VCU's University Development team, Nick Georges served as the assistant director of athletic development at the College of William & Mary. Georges received a bachelor's in biology from Roanoke College, where he played soccer, and a Master of Sports Leadership from VCU.
University Development Officer - Southern Region
Phone: (804) 828-4754
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Before joining VCU's University Development team, Ashley Hanel served as an annual giving officer at Virginia Tech. She received a bachelor's in public health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Arts in higher education from the University of Mississippi.
University Development Officer - Western Region
Phone: (804) 828-2015
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Before joining VCU's University Development team, Emily Starks served as the manager of corporate relations for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She received a bachelor's in economics and politics from Washington & Lee University.
Richard T. Spain IV (M.Ed.’13/E)
University Gift Officer
Phone: (804) 828-6502
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Samantha Wheeler Marrs
Senior Associate Vice President for Development Operations
Phone: (804) 828-1229
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Samantha Wheeler Marrs joined VCU in 2000 as director of corporate and foundation relations.
Today, her primary responsibility is to manage key DAR areas, including budget, Strategic Marketing and Engagement and Advancement Services, including donor relations, communications, annual giving, regional philanthropy and corporate and foundation relations.
Her previous experience includes eight years as program associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she coordinated higher-education grants. She holds degrees from Smith College and Columbia University. She has served as president of a local middle school PTA, chair of the board of the Virginia Poverty Law Center and secretary/treasurer of the board of VirginiaFIRST, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding STEM activities across the commonwealth.
Ingrid “Izzy” Kane
Development Operations Specialist
Phone: (804) 828-4708
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Izzy Kane joined VCU in 2010 as a graduate student worker in corporate and foundation relations. She then went on to work in the Office of Research Subjects Protection at VCU before coming back to Development and Alumni Relations as senior project coordinator. She holds a bachelor's in hospitality administration from Boston University and an M.P.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill.
King P. Goldman
DAR Building Manager
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King P. Goldman joined DAR in July 2015 as assistant Advancement Services trainer. In January 2016, King became interim project manager/executive assistant. Given his previous experience directing and managing housekeeping and environmental service operations in both hotels and VCU Health, he transitioned to building manager in May 2016. Goldman earned a bachelor's in human development from the University of Illinois at Urbana, a master's in instructional design from Bellevue University and a post-master's certificate for Six Sigma Greenbelt course completion via Villanova University.
Executive Director of Prospect Development
Phone: (804) 827-4588
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Kristin Richardson, who joined the VCU staff in 2015, earned a bachelor's in marketing at Virginia Tech and an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina.
Richardson had more than 15 years of financial sales, customer service and home health care administrative management experience before diving into the higher education development arena. Her current career path began in 2012 when she joined the staff at the University of South Carolina as director of prospect research. In that position, she grew and expanded the resources, deliverables and capabilities of the prospect research team. Richardson introduced data analytics to the development office by implementing data analysis, predictive modeling and data visualization tools that informed decision making by leadership.
At VCU, Richardson implements a prospect management system, coordinate prospect strategy, manage the prospect development team and implement data analytics for the DAR team.
Carrie Naumann (M.P.A.’08/GPA; Cert.’08/H&S)
Sr. Associate Director of Prospect Development
Phone: (804) 828-2850
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Carrie Naumann joined VCU in October 2012. She provides primary prospect research, management and strategy support to various campus partners. She also is helping support the growth of data analytics within the prospect development office. She received a B.A. in government and international relations from George Mason University and an M.P.A. and certificate in nonprofit management from VCU. Before joining VCU, Naumann worked in prospect research for a nonprofit consulting firm in New York City as well as for the marketing and communications department of the Metropolitan Opera. She is webmaster for the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement Virginia Chapter and has been involved with Women in Development, N.Y., New York Women’s Agenda, APRA Greater New York Chapter and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fundraising Day in New York.
Associate Director of Prospect Research
Phone: (804) 828-4546
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A member of the VCU team since 2014, Ben Bromley earned a B.A. in history and religious studies from the College of William & Mary and a M.S.I.S. in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career has spanned different facets of managing information, having previously worked in special collections and archives for William & Mary and the Library of Virginia.
Adrienne E. Robertson
Sr. Prospect Research Analyst
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Assistant Director of Prospect Development
Phone: (804) 828-0808
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Sr. Prospect Development Analyst
Phone: (804) 828-2043
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Gifts and Records Management
Mandy L. Smith
Director of Gifts and Records Management
Phone: (804) 828-0348
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Courtney Buckio Rowe (M.P.A.’08/GPA; M.B.A.’12/B; Cert.’15/B)
Associate Director of Gifts and Records Management/Manager of Compliance and Stewardship
Phone: (804) 828-2048
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Courtney Buckio Rowe, a member of the VCU team since 2007, has a B.A. in political science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina and an M.P.A. and an M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She has more than five years of development and prospect research experience. Most recently, she worked on managing various projects for the Advancement Services area of DAR. She joined VCU in June 2007, as a graduate research assistant in the prospect research area of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Previously, she spent nearly four years working for two local credit unions.
Michaelann Greene-Russell (B.S.’91/B)
Senior Matching Gifts Coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-4595
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A member of the VCU team since 1992, Michaelann Greene-Russell has a B.S. in business administration from VCU. Her previous work experience includes various roles in alumni relations and accounting.
Phone: (804) 828-0632
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Brogan King attended M.I.T. for two years. She relocated to Richmond and has spent the past several years working in administrative and support roles.
Christina Haines (B.A.’18/H&S)
Phone: (804) 828-3758
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Phone: (804) 828-4222
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A member of the team since 2015, Betty Palmer has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University. She has held a variety of positions through the years, from automotive service and parts factory rep, owning three family businesses and accounting management.
Connie M. Rigsby
Manager of Data Integrity
Phone: (804) 828-0288
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A member of the VCU team since 2011, Connie Rigsby has more than 20 years of experience in Advancement Services with an emphasis on IRS guidelines, CASE best practices, database management and data integrity, all while adhering to the intentions of donors.
Heidi Hernandez (B.A.’10/H&S)
Team Lead, Data Integrity Tech
Phone: (804) 828-9812
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A member of the VCU team since 2012, Heidi Hernandez has a B.A. in English from VCU. Her previous work experiences involved inventory control data management and sales auditing in the retail industry.
Cynthia D. Brunson
Data Integrity Tech
Phone: (804) 828-1218
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A member of the VCU team since 2004, Cynthia Brunson has almost 20 years of experience in the field of accounting, financial reporting and reconciling and nine years of processing, customer service and analytical service.
Data Integrity Tech
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Clevon Hall earned his B.A. in English and film studies from Randolph-Macon College in January 2017 and joined VCU in February 2017 as a data entry clerk. While a student, he worked as an assistant for the R-MC Office of College Advancement.
Khaleliah N. Williams
Gifts and Records Manager
Phone: (804) 828-9430
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Catherine L. Vincent
Team Lead Transaction Analyst
Phone: (804) 828-8987
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A member of the VCU team as of April 2016, Catherine Vincent has 19 years of experience in the Advancement Services areas of gift and records management and database management.
Phone: (804) 828-5019
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Melanie Riezner joined the VCU team in 2015 as a transaction analyst. She has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Houston. Before relocating to Virginia, she spent 17 years at a Houston nonprofit in various roles, including director of gift records.
Rob Downs (M.S.’06/B)
Director of DAR Information Systems
Phone: (804) 828-0421
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A member of the VCU team for more than 10 years, Rob Downs has a B.S. from James Madison University and an M.S. from VCU. He was worked in VCU Technology Services, Creative Services and Advancement Services in all aspects of web and technology.
Nate Parker (B.S.’10/B)
Senior Associate Director of CRM Development
Phone: (804) 827-4587
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A member of the VCU team since 2011, Nate Parker earned a B.S. in information systems with a concentration in application development from VCU in 2010. He is part of the team that implemented the new DAR online giving and event database, systems and websites.
Matthew E. Chitty (B.S.’01/B)
Phone: (804) 828-9853
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Matt Kane (B.F.A.’06/A; Cert.’09/B; M.S.’17/B)
Assistant Director of Data Management and Analytics
Phone: (804) 828-0462
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Jeff Green (B.F.A.’08/A)
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Jeff Green joined the VCU team as a web developer in 2014. His main responsibilities include event registration and giving forms as well as maintaining and developing the VCU Alumni website, DAR support website and DAR intranet. He has a B.F.A. in graphic design from VCU and worked previously as a graphic designer and web developer.
Assistant Director of Desktop and Systems Support
Phone: (804) 828-5315
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Matt Yopp, who joined the VCU team in 2012, has a B.A. from Collins College and holds A+ Certification and HDI CSR Certification. He has 10 years experience in IT and related technology fields.
William “Chris” Faris
Desktop and Systems Engineer
Phone: (804) 828-2285
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William "Chris" Faris joined Advancement Services in 2016 as a desktop support technician. Faris has more than 10 years' experience in the IT support field and holds Network+ and HDI CSR certifications.
Strategic Marketing and Engagement
Melanie Irvin (B.S.’96/MC)
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Engagement
Phone: (804) 828-3975
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In 2019, Melanie Irvin was named assistant vice president of Strategic Marketing and Engagement, a new division in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations that brings together Annual Giving, DAR Communications and Donor Relations and Events. Previously, Irvin lead the DAR Communications team for 13 years. Before arriving at VCU, Irvin spent nine years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She holds a bachelor degree in mass communications with a double major in political science from VCU, where she was executive editor of the thrice-weekly Commonwealth Times, and is a 2012 graduate of the VCU Leadership Development Program at the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute. In 2011, she won an Emmy for her work on an institutional philanthropy commercial, “Invest in VCU.”
Caleb Nathaniel Capaz (B.A.'16/H&S; M.P.A.’17/GPA)
Senior Project Manager
Phone: (804) 827-4590
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Director of Corporate Partnerships
Phone: (804) 828-5658
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Director of Digital Engagement
Phone: (804) 827-0632
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Michael P. Andrews (M.S.’05/E)
Executive Director of Annual Giving
Phone: (804) 828-0236
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Jenna Baer Hart (B.S.’06/B)
Director of Annual Giving Outreach
Phone: (804) 828-0232
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Jenna Hart joined VCU in August 2014 as associate director of annual giving. She works to increase alumni participation by focusing annual giving operations on retaining, renewing and acquiring alumni donors. She earned a B.S. in business administration and management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master's in human resource management from the University of Richmond. She spent five years working at the University of Richmond, where she managed direct mail, email and social media annual solicitations for the undergraduate alumni population. She also recruited, trained and motivated more than 250 alumni volunteers who worked toward the university's class giving goal of $2 million annually.
Jessie Pavlidis (M.S.’19/B)
Phone: (804) 827-2664
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Jessie Pavlidis has been a member of the DAR team since May 2015. She has a B.A. in communication from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in business from VCU. Her duties include working with campus partners on their annual giving solicitations, coordinating mailings and organizing and implementing an approach for each area to achieve its annual giving goals. She also manages the Igniter crowdfunding platform.
Development and Alumni Communications
Kristen Caldwell (B.S.’94/MC)
Senior Director, DAR Communications
Phone: (804) 828-3977
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Kristen Caldwell joined VCU in 2006 as a managing editor and assistant creative director in University Relations before joining the DAR Communications team in 2015. In her role of associate director of development and alumni marketing and communications, she manages the VCU Alumni magazines, Shafer Court Connections and Scarab; writes and develops communications for membership campaigns and alumni events; and sets strategy for social media. She holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from VCU.
Anthony Langley (B.S.’16/MC)
Digital Media Specialist
Phone: (804) 828-0022
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Anthony Langley joined DAR Communications in October 2015 and earned his B.S. in public relations from VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture in 2016. During his time as a student, he helped design public relations campaigns for the Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance and the Virginia Department of Social Services. He is responsible for researching and writing articles for the alumni magazine, website, and monthly e-newsletter, as well as helping to develop social media strategies and campaigns.
Katie Buzby (B.S.’10/B)
Director of Constituent Marketing
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A member of the DAR team since 2011, Katie Buzby leads the team of constituent marketing associates who interact with all campus partners to execute DAR-related business communications. She is responsible for coordination, scheduling and quality control for alumni and donor emails, direct mail and event communications. She earned a B.S. in marketing with a minor in Spanish language from VCU in 2010. Buzby won the DAR Spirit Award in 2015.
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Joshua Cross joined VCU in March 2018 as communications analyst. He graduated with a B.S. in Information Science from Christopher Newport University in 2010. Before joining DAR, he was in the inaugural class of University Fellowship Program at Christopher Newport and later was responsible for maintaining the database used in communicating with prospective students.
Brendan Hood (B.S.’15/B; Cert.’15/DVC; M.B.A.’19/B)
Assistant Director of Constituent Marketing
Phone: (804) 827-3574
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Brendan Hood, a member of the DAR team since 2015, supports DAR's campus partners in their efforts to engage constituents through strategic marketing and communications. Hood consults with partners on multichannel strategies, ensures consistent messaging and coordinates projects through VCU’s CRM, RADAR. He holds a B.S. in marketing and an M.B.A. from VCU, where he was president of the student alumni association and student representative to the university's Board of Visitors.
Mitchell Moore (B.S.’07/MC; M.S.’08/E)
Director of Creative Content
Phone: (804) 827-3617
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Mitchell Moore joined DAR Communications in January 2014. In his current role, he serves as creative director for all donor and alumni digital and print productions, including Impact donor magazine, Shafer Court Connections and Scarab alumni magazines, direct mail solicitations, donor events and alumni programming. Moore has worked as part of multiple CASE award-winning productions, including a Grand Award for graphic design of a donor impact report in 2016. Before joining DAR, he spent six years in the VCU Athletics Communications office as a graphic designer and primary media relations contact for six intercollegiate sports. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a master’s in recreation, parks and sport leadership from VCU.
Assistant Director of Creative Content
Phone: (804) 828-1223
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Terri Curtis is a leading graphic designer with a passion for higher education design. In 2015, she joined VCU as a creative content assistant. In DAR, Curtis visually reaches out to alumni, donors, friends and colleagues. Previously, Curtis worked for Virginia State University, contributing her diverse design and marketing skills for several campaigns. She holds a bachelor's of fine arts degree in graphic design from VSU and was named Better Creative Directors on the VSU homepage in 2014 to promote the graphic design program. Curtis received a Master of Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design (M.P.S. BAD) from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2019.
Desiree Charity (B.S.’17/MC)
Creative Content Specialist
Phone: (804) 827-2349
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Associate Director of Donor Communications and Marketing
Phone: (804) 828-2694
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Emma Coates joined VCU in 2015. In her role as associate director of donor communications and marketing, she manages and edits Impact, the magazine for donors and friends of VCU, and writes and edits donor impact reports, campaign materials and annual giving communications pieces, among other assignments. Previously, Coates spent 20 years in the magazine publishing industry, at titles including Billboard, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and, most recently, Richmond magazine. A U.K. native, she earned her B.A. in English language and literature from the University of Liverpool in England.
Donor Communications Specialist
Phone: (804) 828-3797
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Brelyn Powell joined VCU in 2016. As donor communications specialist, she writes feature articles for Impact, the magazine for donors and friends of VCU, as well as articles for DAR’s campaign giving news site. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2014 with a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing, and she has maintained a focus on writing for public relations, development and civic engagement throughout her education and career.
Donor Relations and Events
Executive Director, Donor Relations and Events
Phone: (804) 828-3383
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A member of the VCU team since 1999, Anne Hoffler has a B.A. and an M.Ed., both from the College of William & Mary. She has 25 years of experience in stewardship, donor relations and university special events.
Jenn Papenfuse (M.P.A.’06/GPA; Cert.’06/GPA)
Senior Director, Stewardship Programs
Phone: (804) 828-0745
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A member of the VCU team since 2004 (she started as a student worker), Jenn Papenfuse has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.P.A. from VCU.
She won the DAR Team Spirit Award in 2012.
Anita D. Yearwood (B.S.’06/H&S; Cert.’14/GPA; M.P.A.’14/GPA)
Director of Stewardship Events
Phone: (804) 828-2875
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As director of stewardship events in the Office of Donor Relations, Anita Yearwood is the lead event planner for strategic, creative, universitywide and other donor stewardship events. She comes from the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, where she had served as special events manager since 2016. She has more than 13 years of special event planning/strategy experience.
Debrielle K. Williams (B.S.’13/H&S)
Assistant Director of Stewardship Operations
Phone: (804) 828-2049
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Debrielle Williams joined the VCU DAR staff while still an undergraduate in 2012. She previously served as an administrative assistant to the development coordinator at the nonprofit Greater Richmond SCAN. She obtained her bachelor's degree in sociology from VCU in 2013.
Assistant Director of Donor Engagement Events
Phone: (804) 827-8247
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Monn plans regional and presidential-level salon events with regional giving, principal giving and VCU Alumni. She comes from the VCU School of Pharmacy, where she had served as gift stewardship and special events coordinator since 2016. She has worked in nonprofit business strategy, marketing and customer service for more than 10 years. She is pursuing an M.B.A. from VCU and holds a B.S. in marketing and management from Portland State University.
Stewardship Communications Specialist
Phone: (804) 828-3858
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Kyra Molinaro joined VCU in May 2018 after nearly three years on the marketing team at The Steward School. She has a B.A. in journalism from Elon University and hopes to pursue a graduate degree at VCU. Her major duties include managing presidential gift acknowledgements and writing/overseeing donor award nominations, donor biographies, annual holiday mailings and event communications. In her spare time, Molinaro is an award-winning freelance writer whose work frequently appears in Richmond magazine, R•Home and Richmond Bride.
Budget and Finance
Henry Davis III
Director of Finance and Budget
Phone: (804) 828-5142
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Henry Davis joined VCU in June 2014 as director of finance and budget.
A licensed C.P.A. in Virginia, Davis spent 10 years as controller at GRTC followed by three years as CFO. He was responsible for a $45 million operating budget and a $9 million capital budget.
Davis earned a bachelor's in commerce with a concentration in accounting from the University of Virginia.
Manager of Finance and Budget
Phone: (804) 628-2720
Email: email@example.comView bio
Joy Heaton is a C.P.A. who earned a bachelor's in accounting and mathematics. She worked in the banking, insurance, and software development industries for many years before returning to graduate school to earn a master's and doctorate in theology. In 2009, she was diagnosed as being in the final stage of blood cancer and was successfully treated at VCU's Massey Cancer Center, where she recovered fully. In 2012, she and her husband founded a small, nonprofit corporation, Just Compassion, which provides free medical and dental care via mobile units to underserved children in pockets of poverty throughout Virginia and West Virginia. While her husband manages the nonprofit during the week, she does public speaking/fundraising on the weekends. Heaton joined the DAR staff in 2017 as a grateful patient/staff accountant and is now manager of finance and budget. She loves giving back to the university that literally saved her life!
Phone: (804) 828-4827
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Nick Merrill joined the alumni relations finance team in February 2019 as an accounting assistant. He is enrolled in the VCU School of Business accounting program with an expected graduation of May 2020. After graduation, he plans to pursue C.P.A. licensing and continue his career as an accountant.
Lutie Hanson (B.A.’89/H&S)
Assistant to the Director of Finance and Budget
Phone: (804) 828-1219
Email: email@example.comView bio
Regina Phinizey (B.S.’82/B)
Phone: (804) 828-7022
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Development staff directory
Elizabeth Bass (M.S.W.’03/SW)
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations
Phone: (804) 828-8192
Email: email@example.comView bio
Elizabeth Bass has worked in higher education and the nonprofit sector for 20 years, with an emphasis on volunteer training and management, community outreach and collegiate civic engagement. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999 with a bachelor’s in sociology and from VCU in 2003 with a master’s in social work.
Since 2013, Bass has served as executive director of the Virginia Mentoring Partnership, a statewide organization that partners with schools, universities, corporations and nonprofit organizations to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships, and to promote effective youth mentoring across the commonwealth.
Amy Gray Beck, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’19/E)
Executive Director of Alumni Outreach and Engagement
Phone: (804) 828-8191
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
A member of the VCU team since 2012, Amy Gray Beck has a B.A. from Virginia Tech, an M.Ed. from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from VCU.
Her primary focus is on alumni engagement strategy, overseeing the outreach and engagement team. She has experience in student affairs, strategic enrollment management, student advancement programs, and alumni relations
Larry Powell (B.S.’85/MC)
Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement – Alumni Affinity Programs
Phone: (804) 828-8194
Email: email@example.comView bio
Larry Powell joined VCU in 1996. He manages VCU Alumni's shared interest groups and select regional chapters, coordinates athletics-related alumni engagement, coordinates the African-American Alumni Council’s scholarship and mentoring programs and serves as VCU Alumni’s primary point of contact for diversity-related activities. He holds a bachelor's in mass communications/public relations from VCU.
Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement – Student and Recent Graduate Programs
Phone: (804) 827-0311
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement – Alumni Career Programs
Phone: (804) 828-3359
Email: Lntaylor2@vcu.eduView bio
Latisha Taylor is the associate director of alumni outreach and engagement for alumni career programs. Taylor, a graduate of both Old Dominion University and George Mason University, previously worked in VCU’s central career services unit. She will provide alumni with meaningful opportunities to network, in-person and virtually, as she builds out a programming model that focuses on the industries in which our alumni work and not simply the academic areas in which they received a degree. Taylor will collaborate across the university in her efforts to engage alumni and strengthen their professional network.
Stefani Bonner (B.S.’15/H&S)
Assistant Director, Outreach and Engagement – Regional Programs
Phone: (804) 828-7017
Email: email@example.comView bio
Assistant Director, Outreach and Engagement – Regional Programs
Phone: (804) 827-0986
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Director, Alumni Reunion and Recognition Programs
Phone: (804) 828-7162
Email: email@example.comView bio
Ashley Burton joined VCU Alumni as the director of alumni reunion and recognition programs in August 2018. She is responsible for the strategy, growth and success of reunions on the MCV and Monroe Park campuses. She also ensures that alumni are appropriately recognized for their contributions, both personally and professionally, through meaningful award ceremonies and events.
Most recently, Burton spent six years at the VCU School of the Arts in Qatar, where she managed events, festivals, ceremonies, conferences and diplomatic and VIP protocol. Before working in Qatar, she worked at VCU Massey Cancer Center, where she led sponsorship, fundraising and marketing for the center’s largest fundraising event, The Massey Challenge.
She maintains a professional certification as a Certified Special Event Professional through the International Live Events Association and is a licensed trainer by The Protocol School of Washington to teach intercultural etiquette and protocol.
Burton is a graduate of Longwood University and earned a certificate in event management from The George Washington University.
Lauren Sformo Leavy
Senior Coordinator of Alumni Engagement Events
Phone: (804) 628-2249
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Lauren Leavy joined VCU Alumni as a project coordinator for outreach and engagement in February 2017 and became senior coordinator of alumni engagement events in August 2017. In her current role, she coordinates signature events for VCU Alumni, including the MCV Campus Reunion and other recognition programs.
Before coming to Richmond, Virginia, Lauren worked in event planning for five years in Rochester, New York. She received a B.A. in communications studies and digital media arts from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and received a corporate event planning certificate through the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education. Lauren is currently pursuing a certificate in nonprofit management from VCU's Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Administrative and Program Assistant
Phone: (804) 828-7023
Email: email@example.comView bio
Veda Bellamy has served as a support staff member in the VCU Alumni office since 1975. She has served as manager of the alumni house on the Monroe Park Campus, helped with program events, set up board of governors' meetings, assisted with the membership fulfillment and renewal program, supervised student workers and their daily assignments and performed other special duties.
Director of Strategic Volunteer Operations
Phone: (804) 828-2890
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Parks Smith formerly worked for the alumni relations office at his alma mater, Longwood University. He focuses his energies at VCU on enhancing the alumni volunteer experience and directs our alumni volunteer engagement strategy with a focus on how to recruit, train, retain and steward alumni into meaningful volunteer roles.
Universitywide development and communications staff
Associate Athletic Director for Development and Major Gifts
Phone: (804) 828 1764
Email: email@example.comView bio
Daniel O'Brien (M.Ed.’14/E)
Assistant Athletic Director for Development and Major Gifts
Phone: (804) 828-4771
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Athletic Special Events and Fulfillment Director
Phone: (804) 828-3956
Email: email@example.comView bio
College of Engineering
Executive Director of Development
Phone: (804) 828-1475
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Brian Campbell joined the College of Engineering in 2018 as the leader of the fundraising program, coordinating major gift and annual fund strategies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Averett University and a master’s from the University of Virginia.
During his lengthy career in higher education administration, Campbell has served in similar roles at the North Carolina State University, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, the Nevada System of Higher Education, Iowa State University and the University of Virginia.
Campbell was a member of the Virginia State Board of Social Services from 1994 to 2001. He also served as a member of the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force from 1980 to 1986, participating in contingency operations in Egypt, Panama, Germany and Honduras.
Cara Clark (B.F.A.’05/A)
Senior Development and Board Relations Specialist
Phone: (804) 828-2909
Email: email@example.comView bio
Cara Clark, a Raleigh, North Carolina, native, holds a B.F.A. in dance and choreography from VCU and has worked as donor relations coordinator at the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh. She also holds an M.F.A. in film and video production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has worked as a multimedia specialist at Georgetown University Library's Gelardin New Media Center and as editor and videographer for the American Dance Festival’s video blog.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Phone: (804) 827-0631
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Philip L. O'Connor
Executive Director, College of Engineering Foundation and Corporate Relations
Phone: (804) 828-9551
Email: email@example.comView bio
College of Health Professions
T. Greg Prince, Ed.D.
Senior Director of Development
Phone: (804) 828-7247
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
T. Greg Prince, Ed.D., joined VCU’s College of Health Professions in September 2016. Prince has more than 20 years of professional experience in university development and advancement. Before coming to VCU, Prince led the advancement effort at Salisbury University, a small public regional institution on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. During his career, Prince has had a track record of initiating new development programs and donor/stewardship initiatives as well as forming volunteer groups.
His work before Salisbury focused on academic medicine development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and at East Carolina University's Medical & Health Sciences Foundation. In December 2015, he graduated with his Ed.D. in educational leadership from East Carolina University.
Beth Ayers (M.S.’91/E)
Director of External Relations - Department of Health Administration
Phone: (804) 828-8662
Email: email@example.comView bio
Beth Ayers joined the Department of Health Administration in 2010. She previously served for five years in a similar capacity in the dean’s office of the College of Health Professions. In her current position, she works with the 2,200-plus alumni of the department’s three programs, directs all alumni functions, manages alumni communication and marketing and is involved with donor gifts, stewardship, development and fundraising efforts. Ayers manages all reunions and works closely with the Alumni Advisory Council. Ayers holds a B.S. in business from Belmont University in Nashville and an M.S. from VCU’s School of Education.
Heather E. Millar (M.B.A.’08/B)
Director of Development - Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Phone: (804) 628-3787
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Heather Millar holds an undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College and an M.B.A. from VCU. Her most successful development experience to date includes the establishment of an institutional advancement office with a 50-year constituent base that had never been cultivated for the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. Millar also served as the executive director of a small nonprofit in the Richmond, Virginia, area that supports a local childhood cancer foundation. She has served on several boards, speaks at national conferences and has received various awards and honors, including Richmondmom.com’s April 2011 “Rockstar.”
Lead Annual Gift Officer - Department of Patient Counseling
Phone: (804) 828-0540
Email: email@example.comView bio
College of Humanities and Sciences
Senior Director of Advancement
Phone: (804) 828-4543
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Bethanie Constant serves as the senior director of advancement for the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences and has been at VCU since 2012. She is a certified fundraising executive by CFRE International and holds a certificate in fundraising and development from the University of Richmond. Constant leads the College of Humanities and Sciences team that is responsible for fundraising and alumni engagement, including the capital campaign, major gifts, annual giving, stewardship, alumni relations and strategic planning. She earned a B.S. in history from Lander University in 2002 and was a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She has held various development roles since 2006.
Director of Communications
Phone: (804) 827-1351
Email: email@example.comView bio
Alexis Finc is the director of communications for the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. She is responsible for all internal and external communications, strategic messaging, and creative positioning for the college. Prior to joining VCU, Alexis spent the last six years overseeing communications at two different independent schools, Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in Los Angeles, where she worked on numerous digital and print materials, marketing efforts, web and social media presence, fundraising collateral and overall communications strategy.
Before entering the world of educational communications, Alexis worked as an editor and writer in New York and Los Angeles for such companies as NBC Universal, Seventeen Magazine and Total Beauty Media. Alexis earned her B.A. in women and gender studies and English from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. in creative writing - poetry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She currently lives in the Museum District with her husband and young son.
Anne Cabot Galeski
Major Gift Officer
Phone: (804) 827-1306
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Anne Cabot Galeski joined the VCU team in 2019 as a leadership annual giving officer. Before joining VCU, Galeski spent over four years at Randolph-Macon College as assistant director for annual leadership giving and major gift officer. Before her development career, Galeski worked in private wealth management at Scott & Stringfellow in Richmond and Merrill Lynch in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Galeski received a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Virginia, where she was also a member of the field hockey team. She also holds a Certificate of Planned Giving from the University of Richmond and completed the Southeastern Trust School certificate program through Campbell University's Lundy-Fetterman School of Business in 2019.
KaCey Jackson (M.P.A.’17/GPA)
Major Gift Officer
Phone: (804) 828-7053
Email: email@example.comView bio
Caitlin Smith Hanbury (M.A.’12/A)
Assistant Director of Community Affairs
Phone: (804) 827-0862
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Caitlin Hanbury was named the assistant director of community affairs for the College of Humanities and Sciences in July 2018. She earned a B.A. in art history and English language and literature from the University of Virginia in 2005 and an M.A. in art history with a concentration in museum studies from VCU in 2012. She handles reputation management and stakeholder strategic messaging with a focus on alumni, donors, prospects and the larger community for the College of Humanities and Sciences. She previously served as the stewardship manager for the college and, before VCU, served as a development associate for the Maymont Foundation and as a programs and exhibitions manager for the Hermitage Museum & Gardens.
Institute for Contemporary Art
Massey Cancer Center
Executive Director of Development
Phone: (804) 827-0652
Email: email@example.comView bio
Director of Board Relations and Chief of Development Operations
Phone: (804) 828-1187
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Michelle Adcock oversees Massey's Community Advisory Board and Massey Alliance Board. Her role is to facilitate strategic engagement of board members through education, communication and participation and ensure they are equipped to be effective fundraisers, friend raisers and advocates for Massey. She has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Canisius College. She most recently served as director of development for Norfolk Collegiate School in Hampton Roads and has previously served as director of development for Junior Achievement of Western New York and the National Kidney Foundation serving upstate N.Y. She has been with Massey since August 2015.
Assistant Director of Stewardship
Phone: (804) 628-9100
Email: email@example.comView bio
Jasmine J. Davis (M.S.’10/H&S)
Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations
Phone: (804) 828-4812
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Leadership Annual Giving Officer
Email: email@example.comView bio
Senior Annual Giving Coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-0034
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Strategic Engagement Development Manager
Phone: (804) 828-1451
Email: email@example.comView bio
Strategic Engagement Development Manager
Phone: (804) 628-1663
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Strategic Engagement Development Manager
Phone: (804) 827-2195
Email: email@example.comView bio
Development Communications Manager
Phone: (804) 628-7655
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Margaret Ann Bollmeier
Phone: (804) 828-2392View bio
Margaret Ann Bollmeier provides strategic leadership aimed at strengthening MCV Foundation’s philanthropic efforts and relationships in the community and at Virginia Commonwealth University. A seasoned advancement professional with more than 25 years of experience, including 14 years as a foundation chief executive, Bollmeier has held leadership positions at Cornell University, the University of Virginia, University of Washington, Humanities Washington, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Providence Medical Center Foundation. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (804) 828-2393
Email: David.Silver@vcuhealth.orgView bio
Brian S. Thomas
Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Phone: (804) 828-0067
Email: Brian.Thomas@vcuhealth.orgView bio
Brian Thomas joined VCU in 2005 as vice president for the School of Engineering Foundation before joining the MCV Foundation staff in 2009 as senior executive director of development. He was promoted to vice president and chief development officer of the MCV Foundation in December 2015. Thomas has more than 30 years of fundraising experience and has served in leadership positions in national organizations, including CASE and the ABA Section for Institutional Advancement. Thomas has worked for Hampden-Sydney College, the University of Richmond, Stetson University College of Law and Vanderbilt University. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Richmond and his B.A. in economics from Hampden-Sydney College. At the MCV Foundation, Thomas works with donors to secure principal, major and planned gifts for the benefit of the MCV Campus, including five health sciences schools, Massey Cancer Center, VCU Health and other centers and programs.
Director of Marketing Communications
Phone: (804) 828-3870
Email: email@example.comView bio
Alex Henley joined the MCV Foundation as director of marketing communications in January 2016. She has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Most recently, Henley was social media and publications manager at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, marketing the commonwealth of Virginia as a premier location for businesses. Her previous experience includes serving as marketing communications manager at ITT Corp. and other communications roles at Fortune 500 companies Microsoft Corp. and Wachovia Securities. A longtime Richmond, Virginia, transplant from the northeast, she began her career at a local private equity firm. Henley has a bachelor’s degree in business/economics from Wheaton College.
Director of Gifts Administration and Accountant
Phone: (804) 828-2390
Email: Paula.Griffin@vcuhealth.orgView bio
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: (804) 828-1232
Email: Paul.Brockwell@vcuhealth.orgView bio
Paul Brockwell began as marketing communications manager in July 2019 at the MCV Foundation. Previously, he was a senior communications strategy specialist with the State Corporation Commission and worked nearly six years in higher education communications at the University of Richmond, where his writing earned CASE and PRSA regional recognition. Brockwell earned a master’s in public communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and a B.A. in religious studies from William & Mary. In the community, he serves on the Library of Virginia board, the W&M Leadership Advisory Council, Omicron Delta Kappa’s National Advisory Council and in various roles at Grace Baptist Church. He loves obsessing about good television/pop culture, trying to read as many books as he can and hiking the James River trails in his spare time. In the past, he has written about Richmond’s food and drink scene for Style Weekly.
Eric Peters (B.S.’08/MC; M.P.A.’15/GPA)
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: (804) 828-2358
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Eric Peters first came to VCU to work on the MCV Campus in 2011 as a public relations specialist in University Relations. For nearly five years he managed media relations and news content for the health sciences schools and spent time as public relations manager for the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research. He returned to the MCV Campus in 2017 after working in the federal government for nearly two years. Peters holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from VCU, a master’s degree in corporate and professional communication from Radford University, a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from VCU and accreditation in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America.
Phone: (804) 828-9734
Email: email@example.comView bio
Phone: (804) 628-1963View bio
Accounts Payable Specialist
Phone: (804) 828-9733
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Phone: (804) 828-4576View bio
Development Analyst and Project Coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-5518View bio
Medicine and Health
Amy Lane, Ph.D.
Director of Major Gifts
Phone: (804) 827-4937
Email: email@example.comView bio
In 2010, Amy Lane joined the major gifts team in the School of Medicine after having served in VCU’s corporate and foundation relations office for six years. Before VCU, Amy held development roles at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and the College of William & Mary. A native Virginian, Lane earned a B.S. in psychology from James Madison University, an M.Ed. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in higher education from the College of William & Mary.
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs
Phone: (804) 827-4939
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Director of Development Communications
Phone: (804) 827-4938
Email: email@example.comView bio
Erin Lucero loves telling the stories of the medical school’s alumni, donors, faculty and students. In more than 15 years as director of development communications, she has produced a variety of collateral pieces that support philanthropic and alumni relations priorities. She has launched three print periodicals, including the school’s 12th & Marshall alumni magazine as well as an email newsletter for the school’s alumni. Before joining the medical school in 2001, Lucero worked for 10 years in what is now the public affairs office on the MCV Campus, coordinating with local, regional and national news crews on stories out of the hospital, cancer center and five health science schools. A graduate of Radford University, she is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement.
Director of Development
Phone: (804) 827-6297
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Lynn Meyer joined VCU in 2015 with a strong background in public service, fundraising, grant writing and public relations. For the previous five years, she served as chief development officer at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond during its $8 million campaign. She worked as an associate director of corporate and foundation relations for the College of William & Mary. Before her tenure at William & Mary, she served for seven years at Old Dominion University, working as a grant writer and then as a major gifts officer. Meyer has a master's in public administration and a bachelor of science in communications, both from ODU.
Carrie R. Bickford
Interim Director of Development
Phone: (804) 828-3652View bio
Phone: (804) 828-3055
Email: email@example.comView bio
Associate Director of Donor Stewardship and Reunions
Phone: (804) 827-4932
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Associate Director of Donor, Alumni and Stewardship Communications
Phone: (804) 828-5290
Email: email@example.comView bio
Jodi T. Smith
Senior Development Officer and Director of Constituent Relations
Phone: (804) 628-2248
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Jodi T. Smith has served as senior development officer and director of constituent relations for the School of Medicine since 2009. She leads Reunion Weekend programming and reunion class giving campaigns. Smith also serves as a major gift officer. From 1999-2005, she was the director of annual giving for the medical school. A native of Richmond, she received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in 1994.
Senior Major Gift Officer – Cardiopulmonary Disease Corridor
Phone: (804) 828-0423
Email: email@example.comView bio
Annual Giving Coordinator
Phone: (804) 628-5813
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Senior Major Gift Officer – Trauma, Transplant, Diabetes, Burn Disease Corridor
Phone: (804) 828-3291
Email: email@example.comView bio
Director of Annual Giving
Phone: (804) 827-4931View bio
A native of Richmond, Jack Carmichael holds a B.A. from Dickinson College, where he majored in English and Spanish, and an M.A. in Spanish literature from the Universidad de Málaga in Spain. After working for several local nonprofits, he joined the School of Medicine in 2014 and works as director of annual giving.
Payton Hardinge (B.A.’11/H&S)
Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives
Phone: (804) 828-3407View bio
Phone: (804) 827-4935View bio
Email: Laura.Renaud@vcuhealth.orgView bio
Laura Renaud is a Baltimore native who relocated to Richmond to join the DAR team at VCU in May 2019. Renaud graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. in psychology and is currently pursuing her master's degree in communication at Johns Hopkins University. Before VCU, Renaud worked at Johns Hopkins for six years in various development capacities on both the university and medicine teams, most recently as a gift officer in the Department of Neurology.
Phone: (804) 828-4100View bio
Kathie Spraggins joined VCU in November 2015 and has a B.S. in communications education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After 13 years in special events at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Special Events and National Air and Space Museum, she came to Richmond with her husband and daughter and has been here for 20 years. She previously held positions in marketing at Markel Corporation and most recently as an instructional assistant with Henrico County Public Schools.
Phone: (804) 827-4934
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Pam Vaughan has been a member of the School of Medicine development office since 2000. She served as the special events coordinator for many years. Vaughan now serves as development coordinator assisting with travel, purchasing, local donor/student events, gift processing and daily office operations.
Priscilla C. Wiggin
Interim Director of Major Gifts
Phone: (804) 827-4933View bio
Priscilla Cash Wiggin joined the VCU School of Medicine’s major giving team in 2015. Wiggin works with alumni in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West.
Cash previously served as assistant director of leadership annual giving at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Wiggin also served in sales and sales management roles for the pharmaceutical and device-manufacturing companies of Hydro-Photon and Sanofi-Aventis, covering domestic territories in the Northeast as well as in Canada and Mexico. Wiggin’s fundraising career began in San Francisco with the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, having been a field-based alpine mountaineering and rock climbing instructor for the organization for four years.
Wiggin holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Radford University and a nursing degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Wiggin also completed a certificate program in fundraising at Indiana University Lily Family School of Philanthropy and serves on the nursing advisory board of the Madison School of Healthcare/Ashworth College.
Wren Wyatt (M.P.A.’15)
Associate Director of Development Information Management
Phone: (804) 828-5008
Email: email@example.comView bio
Wren Wyatt joined VCU's corporate and foundation relations office in 2014 on a graduate fellowship through the Wilder School, where much of his research focused on post-secondary education. Before working at VCU, Wyatt attended the University of Virginia, graduating with a degree in international relations. He brings a variety of skills and experiences to the School of Medicine, drawing on previous roles as an English teacher overseas, an attorney liaison for a large Richmond law firm and a variety of defense and electrical engineering sales roles.
School of the Arts
Assistant Director of Development
Phone: (804) 828-9384
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Director of Events and Sponsorships
Phone: (804) 828-9182
Email: email@example.comView bio
Kelly Kerr joined the VCUarts development team in August 2012, where she serves as director of events and sponsorships. She previously worked for VCU's Office of the President as manager of the Scott House. She earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from James Madison University.
Linda S. Johnston
Phone: (804) 827-4541
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Linda Johnston is proud to have been a part of the VCU Department of Music since 1988. She is an alumna of VCU music with a bachelor's in music education. She also serves as music director/organist at Pine Street Baptist Church, where she has served since 1972. Johnston serves the Department of Music as the fiscal administrator as well as human resources liaison. One of her many responsibilities in the department is to maintain relationships with VCU music alumni and donors.
Executive Director for Strategic Communications
Phone: (804) 828-6819
Email: email@example.comView bio
Suzanne Silitch leads the communications strategy at VCUarts. She has 14 years of communications and management experience in an academic setting, with expertise in strategic planning, external affairs, print and web communications. Before joining VCU, she worked at Williams College, where she was the college's creative director. She also served as the communications and external affairs director at the Williams College Museum of Art. She has a graduate certificate in business administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (2013), an M.F.A. in painting from SUNY Stony Brook (2001) and a B.A. from Mary Washington College (1995), where she double majored in sociology (concentration anthropology) and fine art. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the American Marketing Association.
Kimberly N. Catley
Associate Director of Print and Digital Content
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
School of Business, Brandcenter and da Vinci Center for Innovation
Senior Director of Development
Phone: (804) 827-7408
Email: email@example.comView bio
Marketing and Communications Manager
Phone: (804) 827-2702
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Executive Director, School of Business Foundation & Corporate Relations and VCU Foundation
Phone: (804) 828-1734
Email: email@example.comView bio
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: (804) 828-5308
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Caitlin Burns (M.Ed.’15/E)
Assistant Director, Student & Corporate Engagement
Phone: (804) 827-1805
Email: email@example.comView bio
School of Dentistry
Associate Dean for Development
Phone: (804) 828-8101
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgView bio
Marie Norton (M.F.A.’10/H&S)
Executive Administrative Assistant
Phone: (804) 828-5615
Email: email@example.comView bio
Marie Norton previously worked at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Visual Arts Center of Richmond and Capital One. She is a graduate of VCU’s masters of fine arts in fiction writing. In 2012, she won the Virginia Commission for the Arts fellowship in fiction.
Barbara Payton (B.S.’83/MC)
Director of Development for Major Gifts
Phone: (804) 827-1537
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Barbara Payton graduated from the Robertson School of Media and Culture at VCU in 1983 and has been an employee since 1990. She was an assistant director in the VCU alumni relations office from 1990 to 1995. From 2000 until 2012, she served as executive director of the MCV Alumni Association before being recruited to become the development director for leadership annual giving for the School of Dentistry. Today, she serves as the director of development for major gifts for the School of Dentistry.
Director of Leadership Annual Giving and Stewardship
Phone: (804) 828-2931
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Cristina Cruz serves as the assistant director of development communications and special events at the VCU School of Dentistry. She manages the school's donor relations efforts, including alumni engagement and stewardship events, and coordinates alumni and donor communications. She has worked in development at the School of Dentistry since 2010 and has a background in public relations and event management. Cruz is a 2006 graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in public relations and Spanish.
Assistant Director for Reunion and Student Engagement
Phone: (804) 828-1138
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School of Education
Senior Director of Development
Phone: (804) 828-4692
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From 2012 to 2015, Ed Kardos served as director of development for major gifts at the VCU School of Dentistry, where he secured more than $3.5 million in total donations dedicated to scholarship and professorship endowments. Before joining the School of Dentistry, Kardos served as executive director of development for the VCU School of Nursing, director of development for Benedictine High School and the first full-time annual giving director at James Madison University. He is a Nina Abady Award recipient (2004), the highest award given by the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives for lifetime career excellence.
Director of Communications
Phone: (804) 827-2614
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Diana Miller joined the School of Education in August 2014 after spending two years at University of Richmond as communications manager for the Office of Alumni and Career Services. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Miller focuses her efforts on supporting the mission and initiatives of the school by developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy consistent and integrated with VCU strategic goals and brand requirements. She also manages the communications team and provides communications counsel to school leadership. She has more than 10 years of experience in communications and public relations, including at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Edelman Public Relations and Chandler Chicco companies.
Leadership Annual Giving Officer
Phone: (804) 827-9344
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School of Nursing
Amber Yancey (B.S.’07/MC)
Alumni Relations and Stewardship Specialist
Phone: (804) 828-2993
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School of Pharmacy
Louie A. Correa
Senior Director of Development
Phone: (804) 828-3016
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Louie Correa joined the VCU development team in March 2015. He has 14 years of experience in development and nonprofit management. Before joining VCU, he served as chief executive officer of Project 375 (formerly The Brandon Marshall Foundation) based in Chicago. He also served as an associate consultant for Campbell & Co., a fundraising consulting firm based in Chicago, where he worked with many arts and higher education clients throughout the U.S. Before his time in Chicago, Correa spent nearly a decade in Indianapolis in development roles with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The TKE Foundation. He has authored articles in Advancing Philanthropy and chapters in Giving USA. He has a master's degree from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University (2010) and bachelor's degrees in rhetoric and English from the University of Illinois (2002).
Greg Weatherford (B.S.’95/MC; M.F.A.’12/A)
Director of Communications
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Jessica Lee Sorensen
Leadership Engagement Officer
Phone: (804) 828-4246
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Jess Sorensen previously served as development coordinator for VCUarts. After receiving her B.S. in sociology from James Madison University in 2010, she interned for the summer with the VCU donor relations team. She then became the administrative assistant to the dean of external affairs at the VCU School of Business from August 2010 to January 2013. She is a native of Richmond, Virginia.
Katharine Stein (B.F.A.’15/A)
Gift Stewardship and Special Events Coordinator
Phone: (804) 827-2524
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Katharine Stein is a 2015 VCUarts alumna from the Department of Sculpture. She previously served as a development coordinator at VCUarts before a stint in the development office at the Science Museum of Richmond.
School of Social Work
Director of Development
Phone: (804) 828-7166
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Mary Riddick joined the School of Social Work team after three years working on VCU's annual giving team. Riddick connects with social work alumni, emeriti faculty, community partners and friends to the school to engage them with future initiatives that will shape the next 100 years of service to the community. Riddick earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.P.A. from Old Dominion University.
Director of Communications
Phone: (804) 828-9335
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Geoff LoCicero joined the VCU School of Social Work in July 2019. Previously, he was coordinator of digital marketing and communications for the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi, after serving as the university’s director of web services from 2009-17. He was the first director of web communications at the University of South Carolina from 2005-09.
Before that, LoCicero was a trainer and researcher at the Ifra Newsplex at the University of South Carolina, a public-private partnership that focused on the development of cross-media strategies and training for journalists in the U.S. and abroad.
He also worked as a copy editor and page designer at The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina and as a sports copy editor and designer at the Birmingham Post-Herald.
Nicole Passmore (B.S.’17/H&S)
Phone: (804) 828-4830
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Assistant Director for External Relations - Recreational Sports
Phone: (804) 828-1702
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Anthony Muscatello is an Ohio native, graduating from Youngstown State University. He joined VCU after working at Drexel University where he served students, faculty and staff in Recreational Athletics. Muscatello has been with VCU Recreational Sports since May 2012. During his time, he's worked with operations and special events overseeing the Cary Street Gym and the MCV Campus Recreation and Aquatics Center. Most recently, Muscatello has moved to a marketing, outreach and development role within Rec Sports. His focus is the development of membership, programs, community engagement and corporate partnerships.
Laura Kottkamp (Ed.D.'19/E)
Phone: (804) 828-1734
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Caslin Applewhite (B.F.A.’11/A)
Events and Communications Coordinator
Phone: (804) 357-7655
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Kelly Gotschalk (B.F.A.’90/A; M.A.’97/A)
Director of Development and Major Gifts
Phone: (804) 827-1163
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Gregory G. Kimbrell (M.F.A.’11/H&S)
Events and Programs Coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-0593
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Director of Communications and Public Relations
Phone: (804) 828-0129
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Antonia FD Vassar (B.A.’05/A)
Director of Stewardship and Volunteer Engagement
Phone: (804) 827-1165
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Antonia F.D. Vassar graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 with a B.A. in music. She became interested in fundraising and philanthropy after working in the VCU Libraries Development Office as a student. She enjoys seeing VCU Libraries donors engaged and active in the larger VCU and Richmond communities.
VCU Life Sciences
Director of Development and Special Projects
Phone: (804) 827-7372
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Catherine Dahl joined VCU in 1998 as director of special projects for the newly conceived VCU Life Sciences, when she was primarily focused on developing outreach programs. In 2006, with the formation of a site development plan for the VCU Rice Rivers Center, she became director of development for VCU Life Sciences. Before moving to Richmond, she lived in England, her native country, working in the financial sector. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, Tripos Part III from Cambridge University, U.K., in mathematics and her M.A. from the University of Virginia in international relations.
Lynne C. McCarthy
Communications and Alumni Relations Officer
Phone: (804) 827-1164
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Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Interim director of communications and external relations
Phone: (804) 827-1253
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Katherine Huynh (B.S.’11/B)
Events and Messaging Strategist
Phone: (804) 827-0867
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Briana Williams (M.S.’13/MC)
Phone: (804) 827-21680
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